Same-sex parents now co-authors
FOLLOWING the birth of their daughter 18 months ago, a same-sex Northern Rivers couple have been writing a book about growing up with two mothers.
Roz Hopkins and Natalie Winter have been writing the children's book Mummy and Mumma Want to Get Married in hopes of getting a copy in schools across the region and, eventually, Australia.
The Bangalow pair, who own publishing company Captain Honey, wanted their daughter Dexie to be able to read about families like her own when she's old enough, while also educating kids from traditional families.
Ms Hopkins said crowdfunding to get the book published and into schools had surpassed $3800, with just $1200 more needed on the initial campaign.
Currently, 34 schools have been nominated by the public to receive a free book.
"Everyone has just been so supportive, right from the get go," Ms Hopkins said.
"We were looking for a kids' book with diverse themes and there was absolutely nothing published in Australia."
The couple said they wanted Dexie, and other kids from same-sex families, to realise their home background isn't so unusual after all.
"The gender of the people caring for you is irrelevant," Ms Hopkins said.
"We want kids like Dexie to see their families represented so they don't feel alienated and different.
"And we want all kids to be able to talk about different families and realise they exist."